During the webinar, participants will hear from the Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities team, which is a collaborative effort between BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice, and partners in the fields of policing, mental illness, crisis intervention, peer advocacy, emergency medicine, technology development, and prosecution.
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The program provides funding to support training to assist juvenile facility superintendents and other juvenile corrections personnel in their efforts to develop and implement effective facility practices and strategies for youth in their custody.
NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new report today that highlights statewide initiatives for supporting local-level specialized policing responses (SPRs) for people with mental illnesses. SPRs are designed to help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and supports, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 135, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that will redirect funds from corrections to communities.
Corbett also signed into law several other pieces of legislation, all related to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
NEW YORK—Criminal justice and mental health experts gather to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The CSG Justice Center, with the support of BJA, has convened more than 400 practitioners, researchers, and public officials to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
As the new year kicks off, so does the design for Burien’s version of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a program that brings police, prosecutors and case managers together to move nonviolent, low-level offenders away from the criminal justice system and toward stability.
Despite major legal and policy developments on behalf of crime victims since the landmark passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984, U.S. federal data collection efforts illustrate that significant gaps in access to and use of services persist for the majority of people touched by crime—including law enforcement–based victim assistance.
“Every act of violence is precipitated by another act of violence,” said Hasshan Batts, the director of operations for Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. “So if someone is a survivor of a violent act, we would like to talk to them. We want to have crisis workers available 24-7.”